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Ingredient Of The Day: Cluster Eggplant

June 4, 2016

The Cluster Eggplant, aka Bunched Eggplant, is a small eggplant the size of a small berry. They have a tart- bitter flavor and a crunchy texture and they are best when braised for a chutney, relish, or salsa.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Purple Tomatillo

June 3, 2016

The Purple Tomatillo, aka Purple Husk Tomato, is similar to regular Tomatillo with a tart-acidic-fruity flavor. Braise, roast, or grill them for a relish, salsa, or sauce.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Corno Di Toro Chile Pepper

June 2, 2016

The Corno Di Toro Chile Pepper, aka bull’s horn chile pepper, is a sweet-fruity-mild chile pepper that is similar to a Jimmy Nardello Pepper. Use it in a salad or for crudités or in a relish.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Pinkerton Avocado

June 1, 2016

The Pinkerton Avocado is around in the spring and early summer and it has a nutty-earthy-fruity flavor and a buttery-oily-creamy texture. It is a great avocado for just eating or putting in a salad or sandwich or use it for Guacamole.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Blood Orange

May 31, 2016

The Blood Orange is a unique orange with a sweet-tart flavor. Use it for cocktails, juice, Aïoli, Vinaigrette, or a sauce. The Moro Blood Orange is similar but it on its way out of season at the moment but regular Blood Orange should be plentiful right now.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Guaje Seed

May 30, 2016

Guaje Seeds need to be painstakingly taken out of their pods. They have an aromatic-slightly bitter-earthy-grassy flavor and a dry-crunchy texture. They are best dried and roasted and used like a Pumpkin Seed.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Italian Agretti

May 29, 2016

Italian Agretti, aka Monk’s Beard, Roscana, or Saltwort, is a briny-earthy-salty water vegetable that is similar to Sea Bean. Blanch and use as a garnish, salad, or vegetable side dish. It has a very nice crunchy texture.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Baby Leek

May 28, 2016

Baby Leeks are usually available in the summertime but can sometimes be found in the spring. The Baby Leek, aka Tara, Tareh or Tarreh, is more like a Chive than a regular Leek.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Korean Melon

May 27, 2016

Korean Melon, aka Golden Melon or Oriental Melon, is a melon with an aromatic-floral-fruity-sweet flavor and a firm-juicy texture. Make a melon soup or use for Prosciutto And Melon.…

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Ingredient Of The Day: Lovage

May 26, 2016

Lovage, aka Sea Parsley and Wild Parsley, is similar to Celery Greens and can be used the same way like for a garnish, in a salad, soup, or stew. Lovage has an aromatic-grassy-salty-vegetal flavor.…

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